How far will a mother go to save her child? Ten years ago, Ruby Leander was a drifting 19-year-old who made a split-second decision at an Oklahoma rest stop. Fast forward nine years: Ruby and her daughter Lark live in New Mexico. Lark is a precocious, animal loving imp, and Ruby has built a family for them with a wonderful community of friends and her boyfriend of three years. Life is good. Until the day Ruby reads a magazine article about parents searching for an infant kidnapped by car-jackers. Then Ruby faces a choice no mother should have to make. A choice that will change both her and Lark's lives forever.
©2010 Amy Bourret (P)2010 Audible, Inc
"Watch your back, Jodi Picoult! Here comes Bourret, a Yale-trained lawyer who practiced child-advocacy law and draws on past experiences for her gripping first novel.... Bourret nails the character development and pacing that make a good novel compelling. She unfolds her well-written, dramatic story in tidbits that will make readers hungry for more. (Library Journal)
Great reader for this surprisingly well-written and engrossing novel about a young woman who discovers an abandoned infant in a rest-stop trash receptacle and decides to keep her. A decade later the child's biological parents are identified, throwing her life and that of her family into chaos and despair. Although unrealistic at times, it's a fun read.
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At first I liked it because it moved along quickly but after a while I felt it was TOO fast, like it started in the middle and rapidly sped through the chapters, which felt like a few sentences each. Every now and again it slowed to a complete stop when Ruby pondered the future or recalled the past – like a screeching halt before barreling onwards. It got annoying after a while because the tempo never felt right and it became a little distracting.
The plot itself sounded interesting when I read the synopsis, and as the novel progressed it did keep me wondering what would happen next, however the more it went on, the more I thought that it was just one preposterous calamity after another.
In the end, it was a little too much over the “this is too farfetched” line for me to say I really liked it.
Not a bad story, but the narrator's voice was SO depressing! She read as if she were going to burst into tears at any second and really (at least in my opinion) dragged the story down. I would have given the book another star, were it not for the narration.
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